For the few people who know me IRL, I'm sure they laughed at the "rotate and reduce toys" point on my to do list post. My children have very few toys by design. Right this moment, Silas is playing with a small stuffed rat (gee, thanks sis) and a package that he insists is a tunnel. Their rat love runs deep. Cate wanted to learn the Chinese character for rat.
Yesterday during nap time, I did a little rotating and reducing. Let's just say the donation pile is a bit bigger and the family room, puzzle closet and Cate's room are neater. It felt good to clean and purge. We don't have a playroom so all our toys are on display.
This has been a year in the making and I have to say I am finally pleased and hoping to share what I've learned along the way. I've been most inspired by Waldorf mothers and the soft photos of their homes. I can't offer soft photos but I do have lots of opinions about what is worth buying. The pictures below represent the whole of our toy landscape; the family room, Cate's room, and the puzzle/game closet. (I do have two cabinets with learning & homeschooling type materials that I do consider toys but they aren't out all the time.) I would love to share the contents of the baskets and some organizing tips, in the future, if you are interested.
The Family Room
The Toy Closet
In Cate's room there is a major Craigslist find. I was very happy to find this Made in Maine Kitchen for a quarter of it's original cost. I love a clean room. :)
And our newest addition (Lincoln Logs) that only come out when Daddy is home because there is too much fighting and too much "sister boomed it" and "Siiiiiiiiiiiiii Nooooooo". Daddy helps them build amazing castles.